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One Minute Remaining: Opening Game Indicators

by Harvey Wittenberg / Web Contributor

After six Stanley Cups captured in 90 NHL seasons, the Blackhawks are setting their aim on number seven.

It is interesting to note that when the team won their first three Cups -- 1934, 1938 and 1961 -- they opened the season at home. The three recent Cup-winning seasons -- 2010, 2013 and 2015 -- saw the Blackhawks begin their schedule on the road.

Naturally, there is a ton of hockey with an 82-game schedule that will be decided before the regular campaign ends on April 7. Head Coach Joel Quenneville has repeatedly said that the toughest task is making the playoffs, especially getting out of the tough Central Division.

The all-time results for the Blackhawks' season openers are 38-33-17-2. The 1934 and 1961 Cup teams both tied in their openers, while the 1938 Cinderella team that won the Cup despite a losing regular-season record was shut out in their first game. While winning the opener is no guarantee of winning a championship, Blackhawk fans hope the team can once again bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago and fulfill their "One Goal" for 2018!

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